Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Memorial Day Blog Hop! We have a great line up of bloggers for you today that are all going to share projects relating to Memorial Day. These ladies are great crafters! I hope you will join us for the hop and leave comments for everyone with your thoughts about their project.

You should have arrived her from Cindy. If you didn't and would like to start at the beginning of the hop, please visit Michele.
Now on to my project. I did a 2 page layout of my younger brother's retirement ceremony from the Air Force after serving 21 years.  I sure am proud of him and he was on some scary deployments, including Afghanistan and Iraq.

The background paper is Wausau Paper Crinkles Wheat  All other cardstock is Bazzill.  All the diecuts are from the Stand and Salute Cricut cartridge.  I cut the title, American Pride, at 11 1/2" wide, the Eagle/Star border was cut at 2 1/2" high and the Dog Tags were cut at 5" high (I cut the red dog tags on my Gypsy, used the hide/contour feature to hide the words then cut them so the red would show through on the blue dog tags).  I used my Perfect Layers tool to mat all the photos.  On the edges of the white cardstock of the journaling box, I used Tim Holtz' Faded Jeans Distressing Ink.

I have a little blog candy to give away.  One lucky commenter will win a Making Memories Spiral Journaling Book, 2 different Making Memories Woven Corners photo corners, Colorbok Layered Flowers and Colorbok Buttons.  Here is a picture (sorry it isn't better).

The winner will be drawn on Wednesday, June 1st.  If I figure out how those random drawing programs work to draw a winner, I'll use that.  If not, I'll have my grandson pick the winner. In your comment, please leave a way to contact you.

Thanks for hopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my project.

Your next stop is Roberta.

Here is a complete blog hop list for you:

1.  Michele -
2.  Laura -
3.  Kristen -
4.  Rexann -
5.  Jamie -
6.  Dana - Paper Memories -
7.  Cindy -
8.  Brenda -  <------You are HERE!
9.  Roberta -  <------Go here next!
10. Renee -


  1. This layout is so awesome! What a beautiful tribute to your brother! Thanks so much for sharing...I'm a new follower :)

  2. I just love your LO! I am sure your brother will treasure the memories you did for him forever!
    TFS and have a GREAT day
    jessica--your newest follower :)

  3. Fantastic layout & tribute!
    Hummer Hugs,
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

  4. Hi Brenda! Very nice LO!! You Have every Right to be very Proud of your Brother and he is a very honored man for serving 21 years for our country! TFS!!! I am a new follower and hope to see you around the cricut circle!!
    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

  5. What a beautiful tribute to your brother - layout is great! Thanks for sharing! Your brother will treasure it.

    Jess (aka Sparksgal)
    ncscrapper77 (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Wow - 21 years! A big thank you to him plus your whole family for supporting him! I really like those tags on your layout!

    Thanks for being part of this hop!

    Michele (greengirl)

  7. Super tribute to your brother!

  8. beautiful layout!thanks for sharing it with us.
    I'm a new follower

  9. Your tribute page is amazing! My husband is a decorated vietnam veteran and I am always on the lookout for patriotic inspiration as I love making cards for our local VFW to help raise a few dollars for special events, etc. Happy Memorial Day!

  10. Your layout is great!!
    Thanks for the chance to win. I'm a new follower.


  11. Just wanted You to know that I posted another card on my blog for the blog hop...if you get a chance swing by an check it out!


  12. Great layout - thank your brother for his service!

  13. Brenda, it's great to be in another blog hop with you.
    Your layout is great. Love the title. Such a great tribute!

  14. Nice layouts! 21 years, wow!! That is awesome. What a great tribute to your brother.

  15. Love your layouts. I'm sure your brother will love it. Thanks for the hop and giveaway!

    jenlovcarr at aol dot com

  16. I bet your brother loved it
    Nicely done

  17. I love how you did those layouts for him. I always follow your blog. :)

  18. I love your layout. Great tribute to your brother. TFS.

    dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

  19. Wonderful patriotic layout. My hubby served in the Air Force during Vietnam war. I'm a new follower. Thanks for chance to win.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  20. Love your layout! You are very creative. Thanks for sharing and giving us the opportunity to win a treat! I am a new follower and a fairly new blogger!

  21. I'm already a follower
    Come and BEE a follower on my blog
    Rebecca Minor

  22. Nice layout! Touching!
    Justina218 at

  23. Beautiful layout. I love to see clean lines like this.
    I'm a new follower, I made #50~!

    Smiles Sher

  24. You are a special sister! Great layout! Hope to hop with you again!


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